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Roseliep, Raymond (11 August 1917–06 December 1983), poet and Catholic priest, was born in Farley, Iowa, the son of John Albert Roseliep, a caterer, and Anna Elizabeth Anderson. When he was a child, Roseliep’s family moved to Dubuque, where he developed a lifelong love for the natural world while hiking about Dubuque’s hills. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. At Loras Academy his artistic interests evolved toward poetry....

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Rouquette, Adrien Emmanuel (26 February 1813–15 July 1887), Catholic priest and writer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Dominique Rouquette, a wine merchant, and Louise Cousin. His early life was spent largely in St. Tammany Parish, north of Lake Pontchartrain, where his mother’s family were landowners. Rouquette grew up speaking French, and in the pine woods around his house he developed an intimacy with the Choctaws and their lifestyle. His formal education began in 1821 at the Collège d’Orléans, but he did not prosper there. About three years later he was sent to Transylvania College in Kentucky, where he learned English, lived with Protestants, and acquired some Latin. Rouquette’s father having died by suicide in 1819 and his mother having died during his years in Kentucky, his maternal relatives sent him in 1828 to a small French school in Mantua, New Jersey, outside Philadelphia, in which city his older brother Dominique was to read law. A year later he left for the Collège Royal of Nantes in Brittany, France. After some years in Brittany Rouquette passed his baccalaureate examination....

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Ryan, Abram Joseph (05 February 1838–22 April 1886), Catholic priest and poet, was the son of Matthew Ryan and Mary Coughlin, who came to the United States from Ireland sometime during the decade after 1828. They lived in Norfolk, Virginia, for a short while, then moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. A variety of dates have been given for Ryan’s birth, and claims to his birthplace have been made for Norfolk and several towns in Ireland. Yet certain church records, the baptismal certificate in Hagerstown, and an 1859 letter in which he states his age as twenty-one, all seem to substantiate that Abram Ryan was born on 5 February 1838, in Hagerstown....

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Tabb, John Banister (22 March 1845–19 November 1909), poet and Catholic priest, was born at “The Forest,” Amelia County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Yelverton Tabb, a gentleman, and Marianna Bertrand Archer. He studied with a private teacher, John L. Hood, until about 1859, when his eyesight problems put an end to his studies. Tabb’s poor eyesight also prevented him from joining the Confederate army, but he was appointed clerk to Captain ...